About the Department
Our Mission and Goals
The mission of the Department Biochemistry Molecular Biology falls into two important categories:
teaching and research. We address important research problems and provide
high quality opportunities for our pre-and postdoctoral trainees.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are the underpinnings of modern
biomedical science and our Department provides this background for all
trainees at VCU, regardless of the direction the future may take them.
The Department of Biochemistry Molecular Biology prepares students for
successful careers as independent investigators in biomedical sciences and
the biotechnology industry. We have an outstanding faculty of 25 dedicated
and enthusiastic regular members, 30 affiliated members and approximately 50
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The Department endeavors to
maintain a graduate student-faculty ratio of 2:1. A wide variety of classes
and seminars are offered, and the Departmental resources are enriched
through a broad range of collaborations with adjunct faculty, and close ties
with other departments and the private sector. This provides access to a
spectrum of state-of-the-art technology, thus supporting research in diverse
areas. The Department had a major expansion begining in 2002 with the
recruitment of new faculty, , now has research efforts of international
stature in several areas.